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Re: efficiency ?
Posted by LeeG on Oct 1, 2007
It's primarily wetted area , A short rounded bottomed kayak takes very little effort to paddle at easy speeds<3mph.
You could have a longer kayak with more wetted area that will require more effort to paddle at slow speeds,,it's less efficient, but at extreme efforts you'll go faster than the shorter boat so it's more efficient at high efforts.
The determining factor will always be your comfortable max hp for the time you're paddling. If you can't paddle at 5mph there isn't much use in getting a kayak that's more efficient at 5mph than another one that's more efficient at 3.5mph if your comfortable aerobic output moves you at 3.5mph.
In Response to: efficiency ? by Mike Coughlin on Oct 1, 2007